Cacio e Pepe | Botched by Babish (ft. Italia Squisita)

This week, the great (if somewhat particular) folks over at @Italia Squisita are weighing in on my misguided interpretation of the OG Roman mac n' cheese, Cacio e Pepe. Celebrated Italian chef Luciano Monosilio tells me exactly what it takes to make this supposedly simple dish: can I manage to further screw it up? Turns out yes, I can, and while sparing no expense. Join me in my descent into cheesy madness.

Directed & Edited by the immensely talented Brad Cash.
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  1. Italia Squisita

    Italia Squisita

    2 mánuðum síðan

    That's insane! Andrew Rea is at the top of the game, his videos are almost rocket science, but he keeps putting himself on the line! Great respect from Italy, man. Still, we may have something else to say about this "botched" case...

    • TriAgg


      8 dögum síðan


    • Brian El Montana

      Brian El Montana

      21 degi síðan síðan


    • JnR Cooking

      JnR Cooking

      26 dögum síðan

      I do Japanese homemade cooking videos, if you are interested check them out

    • Krul Za

      Krul Za

      27 dögum síðan


    • Jackson Sabre

      Jackson Sabre

      29 dögum síðan

      Im guessing Carbonara?

  2. Anything you can do, I can do better.

    Anything you can do, I can do better.

    5 klukkustundum síðan

    I’m gonna go ahead and like and comment because this seemed like an expensive video and I feel like you could use all the help you can get right now 😂.

  3. smacktard


    5 klukkustundum síðan

    You cannot emulsify hard cheese at boiling temperatures. Everyone that fails at this dish does so because they put the cheese in when it's too hot. Let the pasta/water mixture drop down to 160-170 degrees and then mix and it works every time. Then after emulsification happens you can heat it back up.

  4. KJ LIN

    KJ LIN

    12 klukkustundum síðan

    Madness by Babish

  5. Harry Rubenstein

    Harry Rubenstein

    13 klukkustundum síðan

    Respect for the Parm Mitzvah joke. Running around your apartment in victory was the correct reaction.

  6. Olivia Jones

    Olivia Jones

    13 klukkustundum síðan

    you just need to grate the pecorino as finely as possible (so it's like powder), like in carbonara! otherwise it doesn't melt properly in the pan

  7. Paul Blart: Meme Cop

    Paul Blart: Meme Cop

    21 klukkustund síðan

    10:17 Freudian Slip

  8. DIO Brando

    DIO Brando

    Degi Síðan síðan

    Babish your Parm Mitzvah joke is flawed A Bar Mitzvah is when a jewish Boy turns 13 NOT 12 If its 12 its a Baat Mitzvah which comes from the Word Baat aka Girl.

  9. Caitlin Gwin

    Caitlin Gwin

    Degi Síðan síðan

    This episode is absolutely cursed and Andrew is losing his mind🤣

  10. Deg Pez

    Deg Pez

    Degi Síðan síðan


  11. Zaida Delflor

    Zaida Delflor

    Degi Síðan síðan

    The cheese should be left at low heat or remove the heat since the pan in hot.

  12. Big Butta Tubs

    Big Butta Tubs

    Degi Síðan síðan

    It just hit me babish kinda sounds like a mix of tom from toonami bob from the burgers and joker

  13. DeusExCanis


    2 dögum síðan

    You forgot to toast the peppercorn and put pasta water in the pan with them before adding the pasta

  14. James Henderson

    James Henderson

    3 dögum síðan

    The soul leaving Andrew’s body when the shop calls about his car is every German car owner’s cyclical nightmare

  15. TalynCo


    3 dögum síðan

    Man been a while since I watched babish. These videos are way different now.... All the presentation and personalisation is gone. I feel like this is all behind the scenes. No actual video.

  16. Jack Norman

    Jack Norman

    3 dögum síðan

    Make a paste with the cheese, black pepper and pasta water then add that to the pasta

  17. David Irvin

    David Irvin

    4 dögum síðan

    That was the least composed I’ve ever seen Babish 😅

  18. awktopus


    4 dögum síðan

    my instinct is he didn't grate the cheese finely enough so it melted before it could form the sauce.

  19. virtualTeio


    4 dögum síðan

    as a peasant i'm feeling an incomparable amount of stress watchign someone buy and then ruin $1000 worth of cheese. i need to lie down.

  20. acester86


    5 dögum síðan

    That's a ringing made a lot of Cacio Pepe...

  21. acester86


    5 dögum síðan

    How much did the cheese wheel weight?

  22. LexTheQueer


    5 dögum síðan

    i cannot believe they never used that thousand dollar cheese wheel

  23. Game Might

    Game Might

    5 dögum síðan

    If it explodes it’s a Molotov.

  24. Felix


    5 dögum síðan

    Gotta let those noodles cool off for a bit before combining them with the cheese

  25. Sir Henk

    Sir Henk

    5 dögum síðan

    You missed out on the hilarious opportunity to break all the pasta in half immediately. People would have lost their minds

  26. MrTrogdornkc


    5 dögum síðan

    In the first 6 or so attempts, could you have added too much cheese too fast?

  27. Jelly Sauce3

    Jelly Sauce3

    6 dögum síðan

    So this is why he was always in fear of offending the Italians…

  28. Megahades


    6 dögum síðan

    every time i rewatch this im just reminded of exactly how no one ever asked the italians

  29. Akash Singh

    Akash Singh

    6 dögum síðan

    i thought he was gonna put it into the cheese wheel thingy. I WANT MY MONEY BACK ! ! ! i'm kidding lol. it:s fun to see andy suffer.

  30. Jaimelynn Sylvester

    Jaimelynn Sylvester

    6 dögum síðan

    This was your best episode yet

  31. Ellen Spear

    Ellen Spear

    6 dögum síðan

    Oh dear, I see myself trying to open a (significantly smaller) spaghetti squash the other day. I still have all my fingers. That said, I'm so impressed with this cheese/video/maker.

  32. Hannah Darling

    Hannah Darling

    7 dögum síðan

    I have this on in the background at work right now and I am laughing hysterically purely at the sounds of Andrew losing his mind over cheese

  33. Jeremy Cooke

    Jeremy Cooke

    7 dögum síðan

    Honestly you did ruin the cheese though

  34. Farah


    7 dögum síðan

    I got a ISboths ad with babish in it on a babish video

  35. dankspain


    8 dögum síðan

    Some olive oil to emulsify?

    • dankspain


      8 dögum síðan

      Alright he ended up using it. I love how Americans overcomplicate cooking so much it was painful to watch 😂

  36. Rosie McClure

    Rosie McClure

    8 dögum síðan

    The multiple fails is karma for the horrible scraping noises throughout from the tongs on the pans

  37. Justin Evancho

    Justin Evancho

    8 dögum síðan

    I like how he eats it angry and everything

  38. Ryan Behnken

    Ryan Behnken

    9 dögum síðan

    I think this is my favourite video ever

  39. Coral McNaughton

    Coral McNaughton

    9 dögum síðan

    Andy: _Slaps his face with a cheese grater_ Everyone: (Extreme concern) Andy: *RAGE*

  40. TheOneMiffy92


    9 dögum síðan

    Brad: "If it explodes, it's a molotov" I gotchu, fam - even if Babi don't.

  41. Tiffani Jennings

    Tiffani Jennings

    10 dögum síðan

    I am loving the chaos lol

  42. Blinded Bliss - Diana

    Blinded Bliss - Diana

    10 dögum síðan

    What happened to the $ 1000 cheese?!!

  43. Lux Chevis

    Lux Chevis

    10 dögum síðan

    OOOOOOOO so, this is like... the bloopers?

  44. lapulgaatomica


    10 dögum síðan

    still wrongly made

  45. shinmatsunami


    10 dögum síðan

    I dunno which made me laugh more, the parm mitzvah, or your reaction to your own joke.

  46. Ariakyra Gaming

    Ariakyra Gaming

    11 dögum síðan

    The energy is so much different in this video than what I'm used to. But man does it look like y'all had fun.

  47. LA Prefecture

    LA Prefecture

    11 dögum síðan

    This video feels like john cusack on coke lol

  48. Leo Passa

    Leo Passa

    11 dögum síðan

    I find it easier to just add a little pasta water to a bowl of grated pecorino romano and mix it with a fork until it becomes a thick paste and then add the paste to the pasta and toss, adding more pasta water little by little to achieve desired consistency. Works every time for me

  49. Rebekah S.

    Rebekah S.

    11 dögum síðan

    Who is the Brad on the camera? Had me laughing with the silly comments. (secretly hoped it was Brad Leone but it doesn't sound like him)

  50. YeetMahBeet


    12 dögum síðan

    “It’s unstable” “YOU’RE UNSTABLE”

  51. Livid Overseer

    Livid Overseer

    12 dögum síðan

    "There is no escape from being botched when one has been botched" That was villain Babish. Tell me straight up the minions didn't just tell you your plans failed.

  52. Bing Chua

    Bing Chua

    12 dögum síðan

    I feel sorry for babish cause j kenji Lopez alt actually used olive oil in his pasta

  53. kmatanz01


    12 dögum síðan

    first 3 attempts were WAY TOO MUCH HEAT, and if you temper the cheese in a separate bowl you should have better results

  54. Netro1992


    12 dögum síðan

    This video is pure chaotic energy.

  55. Brittany Jones

    Brittany Jones

    12 dögum síðan

    There were a few depressing moments between the mold and everything but I was upset about your car the way she called and said the amounts like oh its just 3 different prices I was like idk what you drive but maybe time to just give it up 😆

  56. christopher wagner

    christopher wagner

    12 dögum síðan

    Your cheeses to Young

  57. Matthew Sorrow

    Matthew Sorrow

    12 dögum síðan

    This was a slow painful decent into madness.

  58. Gabriel Ortiz

    Gabriel Ortiz

    12 dögum síðan

    The pure manic energy babish has is funny

  59. Juan Carrera

    Juan Carrera

    13 dögum síðan

    Madness with babish

  60. Taylor Lewis

    Taylor Lewis

    13 dögum síðan

    As an Italian descendant, I was literally screaming at you to add butter. Unless you’re cooking with fire your pan is never going to be hot enough!

  61. Bekir Uyar

    Bekir Uyar

    13 dögum síðan

    I like him more when he is serious.

  62. Madison Albury

    Madison Albury

    13 dögum síðan

    This is absolutely unhinged and I love it

  63. Natalie Kemp

    Natalie Kemp

    14 dögum síðan

    This brings me so much catharsis. I cannot emulsify cheese in water for the life of me.

  64. zeroxz17


    14 dögum síðan

    It was the pan. Just sayin

  65. Eanna Coleman

    Eanna Coleman

    14 dögum síðan

    This is by far the most chaotic and hilarious babish video I've seen in ages

  66. Eanna Coleman

    Eanna Coleman

    14 dögum síðan

    I'm gonna guess starch was the issue, he may well find the issue later in the video but to me it looks like this would all be solved by using homemade pasta

  67. Harry Chen

    Harry Chen

    14 dögum síðan

    Wooooooo yeahhh baby, the bald moist critical

  68. Stevilkenevil99


    14 dögum síðan

    Transfer pasta water into the cheese mix well also pasta water in the pan after resting for 30 sec then turn on low heat add cheese mix from before turn off heat mix well enjoy

  69. JB P

    JB P

    14 dögum síðan

    Where’s the pepper?

  70. Allurein


    14 dögum síðan

    You look like a jewish Ryan Reynolds

  71. Sezzah G

    Sezzah G

    15 dögum síðan

    I’m not saying I’m sat crying laughing at the “bleughahahdbahaj” with the trivet…but I am.

  72. pokeapple


    15 dögum síðan

    15:58, pretty sure that’s a Kanye sample.

  73. Jesse Holden

    Jesse Holden

    15 dögum síðan

    I watch so many of your videos and this has been THE funniest one yet😂🖤

  74. Sams Hans

    Sams Hans

    15 dögum síðan

    now this episode was kinda different...

  75. Glennel Diaz

    Glennel Diaz

    15 dögum síðan

    Usually you mix the cheese and pepper in hot pasta water then add to heat once your ready to plate

  76. TheBig Fs

    TheBig Fs

    16 dögum síðan

    This very well may be the best episode yet! 😂

  77. sbrubak


    16 dögum síðan

    I think you did not have enough starch in the pasta water. I always use a coarse bronze cut pasta so I have a long cooking time (15-20 minutes) and a rough surface so it gives off a lot of starch. Additionally I reduce the pasta water I use for the sauce in the same pan I toast the pepper, so I concentrate the starch even more. Lastly I grate the cheese finer and add a little bit of pasta water to the cheese before mixing.

  78. Claire M

    Claire M

    16 dögum síðan


  79. USMC TheMadHatTeR

    USMC TheMadHatTeR

    17 dögum síðan

    You need to grate the cheese very fine like a powder almost. Add pasta water to the bowl of grated cheese and stir it into a thick paste and set it aside to be added later after the pasta is almost al dente. Finish the cooking process with the al dente pasta and cheese paste while adding more pasta water as need for the proper consistency. That's how I'd do it anyway. I think that will work.

  80. USMC TheMadHatTeR

    USMC TheMadHatTeR

    17 dögum síðan

    Testing doneness of pasta. Bite into it or cut it in half. Look at the cut section. If it has a raw hard circle in the center, it not al dente it's still under cooked. Al dente should be only slightly firm to the bite. All other wacky methods are taboo.

  81. Zach


    17 dögum síðan

    Just stir it longer and not with metal tongs

  82. Norman Corbett

    Norman Corbett

    17 dögum síðan

    Send me 1/4 of the wheel. I will pay you 200 CDN. LOL

  83. Coolio Ash

    Coolio Ash

    18 dögum síðan

    I love this video

  84. Angelica Diabolus

    Angelica Diabolus

    18 dögum síðan

    4:49 that face is terrifying

  85. Kuratos Darque

    Kuratos Darque

    18 dögum síðan

    1000 dollar shia pet

  86. Alex Martin

    Alex Martin

    18 dögum síðan

    I have found that tempering the cheese with a few tablespoons of cooking water before adding it helps.

  87. Wh1te_shadow 021

    Wh1te_shadow 021

    19 dögum síðan

    I think it’s the heat from the water not the heat from the pan

  88. Ayylucard


    19 dögum síðan

    7:02 saving this for the pure chaos of this scene

  89. Reed Ridens

    Reed Ridens

    20 dögum síðan

    why does this feel like a fever dream

  90. D Chizy

    D Chizy

    20 dögum síðan

    Babish just summed up in a day what we have lived for the last 18 months. A sometimes funny shitshow

  91. tam ravenhill

    tam ravenhill

    20 dögum síðan

    Thanks for doing this, I love the recipe but struggled with consistency as well. Blender is a great solution.

  92. Tarantubitch


    20 dögum síðan

    20:25 was really the icing on the cake to his madness, or should i say.. the cheese on the pasta

  93. brigister


    20 dögum síðan

    "cacio" is just a less common word for "cheese" (a synonym of "formaggio") in Italian. it's doesn't mean pecorino romano. that's called pecorino romano ahah

  94. Mysasser1


    20 dögum síðan

    I just noticed the wok

  95. Mysasser1


    20 dögum síðan


  96. Trillykins


    20 dögum síðan

    I think it's kind of funny how often Kenji comes up in cooking channels like this. Just watching his video you don't really get the impression of just how much he had inspired others.

  97. Ian McPherson

    Ian McPherson

    20 dögum síðan

    Def getting BA vibes

  98. Tian Tian

    Tian Tian

    20 dögum síðan

    8:12 why was this so funny

  99. Hanserfratz


    21 degi síðan síðan

    "the recipe is different case by case but if you dont do it exactly how my grandma did it you are wrong and deserve public execution"

  100. Loughlan McKendry

    Loughlan McKendry

    21 degi síðan síðan

    I love brad so much